The transition from Hospital to Home in Virginia Beach, VA
If your family is like most, you can't wait for the day your elderly loved one comes home from the hospital. When they do, your job will be to take over their care until they have fully recovered.
Helping Your Loved One Make the Transition From Hospital to Home
As the family caregiver, it will be your job to help your elderly loved one successfully make the transition from hospital to home. While it might be your job, you should also be able to turn to family for help. Along with this you can talk to their doctor, seek out transitional home care services, and attend support group meetings.
Bet you didn’t know that:
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
- 25% of seniors who are discharged to nursing homes have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days.
- The cost of readmission to the U.S. healthcare system is over $17 billion not including those coming from urgent-care facilities and emergency rooms.
- 75% of these readmissions can be prevented.
Helping Your Loved One Transition Home Is Hard Work
Most people don't help a loved one make the transition from hospital to home every day. Yet, they still volunteer their services no matter how much work it can be. There is so much to learn and so many tasks to handle it's easy to become overwhelmed. Enter the Comfort Keepers caregiver, a trained professional who knows all about providing transitional care for seniors. Our caregiver will arrive at your home ready to go to work.
More Than Transitional Care
While our caregivers are in your home working with you to help your loved one make the transition from hospital to home, they are also prepared to help with many tasks, including:
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialist, etc.
- Companionship and emotional support throughout their recovery journey
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
It's Not Uncommon for Seniors to Relapse
No matter how hard you work to help your loved one make the transition from hospital to home, the first 180 days will be the hardest for them. It's not uncommon during this period for your loved one to relapse or suffer an ancillary issue that sends them back to the hospital. Some of the things that can lead to readmission include:
- Severity and Type of Medical Condition – covering those who are in the late stages of a medical condition or suffering from a chronic condition such as heart disease or Alzheimer's.
- Secondary Diagnoses – covering those patients who develop a medical condition or display severe symptoms not seen during their hospitalization.
- Medications – concerning the taking of new medication that causes adverse side effects and those who do not take their medication as instructed, resulting in adverse side effects.
- Limited Access to Appropriate Post Hospital Care – covering those with limited transportation to their appointments, picking up needed medications, and have the daily support they need.
- Lack of Education by Medical Team – covers those who did not receive the proper transition home care education by the patient's medical care team before they come home.
You Must Become a Record Keeper
While your loved one was admitted to the hospital highly accurate details of every treatment, vital sign, and medication were entered into their medical records. Be sure to ask for a copy of these records. Part of helping your loved one enjoy a successful transition from hospital to home, part of your job is to become a record keeper. Your caregiver can help you with this by designing the form needed and teaching you what needs to be included in your records. The information you enter may prove very useful should you need to call their medical care team. These records should include:
- Contact information, including caregivers and emergency contacts.
- A record of all medications, when they need to be taken and the correct dosage.
- A schedule that includes all family caregivers, when they will be there and what they need to do.
- A list of appointments, what was discussed and what, if anything was done.
Making Your Home Ready for the Transition
If you want your loved one to enjoy a successful transition from hospital to home, you and their caregiver need to make sure your home (or theirs) is ready for them to come home to. You must:
- Introduce your loved one to their transitional home care provider before they are discharged.
- Install any needed safety equipment.
- Be sure the house is clean and disinfected eliminating allergens and bacteria.
- Place items that are used daily within easy reach.
- Be sure furniture is arranged to make room for any mobility equipment.
- Create a care plan schedule that lets your loved one know who will be with them and when.
When you need a helping hand to ensure your loved one's transition from hospital to home goes smoothly, contact Comfort Keepers of Virginia Beach, VA at (757) 204-1108. Let us schedule an appointment for a free in-home consultation with a senior advisor to discuss your needs and those of your loved one today!
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